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League (Premiership)

St Johnstone 

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Dundee Utd

League (Premiership)
Saturday, May 9th, 2015
McDiarmid Park. Att. 4,862
3:00 PM Kick-off

Murray Davidson (77) John Rankin (68)

Team Managers
Tommy Wright Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Alan Mannus
Dave MacKay
Frazer Wright
Steven Anderson
Tam Scobbie
David Wotherspoon
Chris Millar
Murray Davidson
Danny Swanson
Steven MacLean
Michael O'Halloran
Radoslaw Cierzniak .1
Paul Dixon .3
John Souttar .4
Jarosław Fojut .5
Callum Morris .14
Seán Dillon .2
John Rankin .8
Chris Erskine .17
Calum Butcher .20
Nadir Çiftçi .7
Robbie Muirhead .10

Steve Banks
Liam Caddis
Simon Lappin
James McFadden
Gary Miller
Brian Easton
Chris Kane
Michal Szromnik .26
Blair Spittal .24
Charlie Telfer .21
Aidan Connolly .22
Ali Coote .43
Scott Smith .23
Henri Anier .30

James McFadden for David Wotherspoon (73)
Chris Kane for Steven MacLean (73)
Simon Lappin for Danny Swanson (89)
Henri Anier for Robbie Muirhead (69)
Scott Smith for Calum Butcher (74)

David Wotherspoon (61)
Danny Swanson (86)
David MacKay (88)
Jarosław Fojut (24)
John Souttar (58)
Nadir Çiftçi (89)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Kevin Clancy (Referee)

Match Report

United made three changes to the side that lost in Inverness. Dillon replaced injured McGowan, Butcher replaced Spittal and Erskine was in for Telfer.

David Wotherspoon had the first chance of the game after O'Halloran picked him out in the box. However, his effort was scooped high over the bar. United's first opening almost presented Butcher with a goal to mirror his opener in the last game at McDiarmid. Erskine set him free but his shot at the angle was blocked by Mannus. Ciftci was next to threaten for United when his 35 yard drive struck the post and rebounded clear. With the game heading towards half-time, St Johnstone got their chance to go in front. Morris got himself in a muddle while attempting to clear from O'Halloran, but a tangle of legs left the referee pointing at the spot. Thankfully for United, their penalty king Rado Cierzniak saved his fourth penalty of the season. The first half ended with no score.

Midway through the second half and United went in front. Dillon and Erskine combined well on the right side. The latter was able to engineer space to fire in a deep right foot cross. Robbie Muirhead came flying in at the back post but his header bounced of the bar and before he could recover to attack the rebound, John Rankin nodded the ball over the line from a yard. St Johnstone were not behind for long and it was former United man, Danny Swanson, who was at the heart of their equaliser. Picking the ball up in midfield he evaded Souttar and started the move. Chris Millar nocked in a deep cross but it was headed clear from Dillon. The ball found its way back to Swanson and the midfileder dinked the ball into the box for Murray Davidson to steer beyond Cierzniak. The draw would mean the fight for fourth place and the potential Europa spot would go to the final game of the season.

Manager's Comment:
“Credit to Inverness, another fantastic result, they've had a great season. We haven't won enough games to put pressure on them for third spot and we are now fighting it out with St Johnstone and it's still all to play for. Obviously when they had a penalty you fear the worst but a great save from Rado. I don't think there was much in the game, but a lot of mistakes in the game by the players and possibly by the officials. I don't think there's much in certain decisions. I thought there was a bit of inconsistency there with certain bookings and they were very quick to give their penalty. I'd like to see it again and the one with Nadir in their box when he passed it across and was taken out.”

Fan's Comment:
“In hindsight a point from McDiarmid is probably a decent result considering how we have faired here over recent years. Like our last game in Perth we went in front and were unable to hold on. Away victories have been a real rarity this season and even when 1-0 up midway through the second half, you never feel that we will be able to hold onto or even build on that lead. It could have been worse though and this result leaves us with the narrowest of advantages in the race for fourth place.”

Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer

Squad Statistics (as at May 9th, 2015)

2014-15 All Time
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK)32 43 - 134 -
Jarosław Fojut27 415415
Seán Dillon31 3112925
John Souttar18 141502
Callum Morris25 302302
Paul Dixon28 15 - 1615
John Rankin31 33216411
Calum Butcher24 201291
Chris Erskine28 398489
Robbie Muirhead19 112112
Nadir Çiftçi23 40148031
Scott Smith (sub)19 4 - 6 -
Henri Anier (sub)24 161161

League Table (as at May 9th, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.